Conservancy schedules timber framing course

Mar 23, 2020
A timber frame, or post and beam frame, takes shape at a previous Midcoast Conservancy course.

Jefferson — Each course is a four-day, hands-on experience, where eight students will have the opportunity to build a complete timber frame and participate in every step of the process from harvesting trees to raising the finished structure, working with two expert instructors to learn the basics of sustainable forestry and saw mill operation, building design principles, and hands-on building techniques for constructing a simple frame.

Timber framing, sometimes referred to as post and beam building, is a historic method of building that uses specific joinery to erect a building made from large beams. The buildings are both rugged and beautiful. Timber frame construction can be a satisfying way to make use of harvested trees from personal woodlots, to build a shed, barn, or even a house.

Tuition is $450 for Midcoast Conservancy and MOFGA members, and $500 for all others. Scholarships may be available. Tuition includes lunch each day, use of all necessary tools, a cookout on Sunday and a Midcoast Conservancy membership. Complete information and registration is available online at

This workshop is sponsored and supported by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Hancock Lumber, and Woodmizer Sawmills.

For more information about Midcoast Conservancy events, visit, email, or call 389-5150.

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